Last week Kerry J Donovan tagged me in the current ‘writing process’ blog chain – check out his responses here and visit his site to read up on his work – Kerry is a great crime writer (love his villains!) and a top fellow.
He’s also running some great prizes during the lead up to his new release, The Transition of Johnny Swift – one of them includes a few of my poetry books!
So, here are my responses, hope you enjoy!
Q. What am I working on?
My current novel, City of Masks, is at copy-editing stage and I’m preparing to do some promotion with for the upcoming launch!
I’m also charging my way through the follow-up, The Lost Mask (at around 40k at the moment) and trying to get a ghost story (a novella) ready. About to hit second draft with that one.
Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I wish I could give a better answer ... but in terms of my novel’s place in the epic fantasy genre, I’d hope that the Amalfi-like setting gives the novel distinction, that the threads of mystery running through help too.
As a poet as well as a fiction writer, I’d like to think that my poet’s eye for detail and description makes an impact but I can’t really tell of course – I’m too close to the story!
Q. Why do I write what I do?
My imagination is a pretty needy thing and the SF/Sci-Fi/Fantasy genres feed it, both as a reader and a writer. The task of exploring what could be is fun too – and trying to create an entire world, it’s a challenge that just doesn’t get boring.
Q. How does my writing process work?
I have an outline for my novels, though they aren’t set in stone. I like to pants a lot of it, I like to have room for the thrill of discovery.
Once the outline is in place, I set myself a small minimum daily word count (about 350 words) and hit it every night. If I go over, awesome. Working full time in the day drains me of course, and so having a small target motivates me to push on even when I’m not feeling excited.
But so long as I start typing, I usually get into the scene. Because I love writing so it’s an enjoyable past time. I ramble a little on first drafts here, but the hard work is in editing, the fun in writing.
Now, there’s always going to be things that stop me writing. If something big comes up, then I don’t feel bad if I can’t write, because on the other nights, I probably overshot my minimum and so everything evens out.
But basically, there’s no way to write except to write. So I hold myself to that.
Q. Who will you meet next?
Right now you can meet a mystery poet *clears throat* and hear him talk about his writing process, and maybe compare it to my fiction process!
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Ashley Capes is an Australian writer of fiction, poetry and very occasional non-fiction.
Imperial Towers (Never Book 5) - draft 1
Moss Dragon - draft 1
Reed Lavender (working title) - draft 1
Unnamed Spec Fic - draft 1
Whisper of Leaves (sequel) - Outline